More Wildlife in Prague

I finally had free day after very long time and I decided it’s time to go shooting some wildlife again. And by shooting I mean, of course, taking photos. As this was quite rare photo session for me, I borrowed amazing Nikon 200-500mm lens.

In the morning, I met with my friend and we went to a very nice area in Prague. This area is known for presence of a rare bird – the common kingfisher. And that was our goal for today. Take photos of this elusive bird.

At first, there was a pond with ducks and a rodent. It was a coypu. But this animal does not belong to our nature.

Coypu (Myocastor coypu)

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Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius)

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Yes, I had borrowed a 500mm telelens to take photo of…

… an escargot (Helix pomatia)

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Sometime around noon, my friend heard the kingfisher and the chase began. We sit down and waited if it would appear again. Then we played a recording of its voice to lure him to us. Finally, we got lucky. The kingfisher sat down on a nearby branch.

Common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

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Common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

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Common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

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Great tit (Parus major)

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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

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The gulls were great objects for practising taking photos of birds in flight.

Gull

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This one caught a fish but unfortunately had to fly away with it unless he wanted to share it.

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And there was another hungry gull that wanted his share of tasty fish.

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Grey heron (Ardea cinerea)

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Grey heron (Ardea cinerea)

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European green woodpecker (Picus viridis)

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European green woodpecker (Picus viridis)

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Eurasian coot (Fulica atra)

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